Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall: Short Walk In Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand

The Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall is a short walk in Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand that rewards you with a nice waterfall.

The falls are impressive and easy to reach. Don’t drive through Arthur’s Pass without making a quick detour for this trek!

This guide will explain how you can get there, and everything you need to know before you go!


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Quick Facts
  • Distance: 1.2 miles (2 km) return
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet (150 m)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 1 hr
Where Is It?

The Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall is located in Arthur’s Pass, on the South Island of New Zealand.

The trailhead starts by Bealey River and there’s a dedicated car park with plenty of space.

If you’re starting from Christchurch, it’s a 2 hour drive to Devil’s Punchbowl Falls.

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What To Expect

The hike to Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall is a short and steep climb through a beech forest, with about 200 steps, but I’d rate it as easy. You can reach the falls in less than 30 minutes.

There’s a platform for viewing the falls from the creek, or you can take the path all the way up to the base of the falls (recommended) for an even better look.

It’s a great waterfall at 130 meters tall (425 feet), and it has a strong flow all year round. The best time for photos is in the morning around 9-10 AM, before the sun is too high.

When we did this trek in February, there were only a few other hikers on the trail. There’s also a decent chance of seeing Kea or Kiwi birds.

A lot of South Island itineraries go through Arthur’s Pass on the way back to Christchurch, so this is an easy hike to add onto the itinerary!

Fees/Permits

FREE as of 2020.

No fees or permits are needed for Devil’s Punchbowl Falls. Enjoy!

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